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Des Moines, Iowa

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Chances of getting into Drake University

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Drake University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Drake and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Drake is 68%.  It ranks #11 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Drake is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 4,499 out of 6,624 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent (SAT 1110/1340 ACT 23/30). Drake University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.68. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Drake University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 19% of students submitted SAT scores and 77% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Drake SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Drake University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for Drake University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 680
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Drake University?

Drake University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 39 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1110 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 990. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. Drake ranks #2 in Iowa and #205 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Drake University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1340 and Above Good >80%
1225 to 1340 Avg + 68%-80%
1110 to 1225 Avg - 53%-68%
995 to 1110 Reach 37%-53%
Less than 995 Low <37%
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Drake ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Drake University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 22
ACT Composite 25th 23
ACT Scores for Drake University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 26

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Drake?

Admission data indicates that Drake regularly accepts students with ACT's of 23 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 32 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 26 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Iowa and #224 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 77 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Drake University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Drake University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >82%
26 to 30 Avg + 68%-82%
23 to 26 Avg - 55%-68%
20 to 23 Reach 41%-55%
Less than 20 Low <41%
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Drake GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Drake University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Drake. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Drake University was 3.68 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Drake accepts 68% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Drake University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 33.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 17.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 8.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

69% of Drake University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Drake University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 37%
Top 25% of class 69%
Top 50% of class 92%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Drake University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,824 2,800 6,624
Accepted 2,704 1,795 4,499
Acceptance Rate 71% 64% 68%
Enrolled 440 298 738
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 17% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Drake University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Drake University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Drake University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Drake University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153269 IPEDS survey data for Drake University.


Does Drake University prefer SAT or ACT?

19% of students submit their SAT scores to Drake. 77% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Drake University?

68% of those who apply are granted admission to Drake. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Drake University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1340. 19% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Drake University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 30. 77% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.